The Announcement

May 22nd, 1963. Unhappy with the existing social and political situation in Turkey, a group of military officers have planned a coup d’état to take down the government in Ankara. Meanwhile in Istanbul, their conspirators have undertaken the vital mission of taking over the National Radio station and making a formal announcement about the coup. But nothing goes to plan. Faced with a number of obstacles, including a sudden rainstorm, the absence of the radio station technician, a betrayal, the lack of feedback from Ankara and their very own insufficiency, the conspirators scramble to keep their plan on track and announce the success of the coup – that is, if the coup in the capital has taken place at all. Based on actual events and told over the course of a single night, “The Announcement” is a wry commentary on Turkey’s uneasy political past – and present. Biting political satire meets subtle comedy in a film that highlights the absurdity of its story without ever being anything less than dead serious.

2018 – Turkey, Bulgaria – 95 minutes – Turkish – Drama

Original title: Anons

Directed by: Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Written by: Ercan Kesal, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Cinematography: Krumm Rodrigues
Edited by: Çiçek Kahraman
Cast: Ali Seçkiner Alıcı (Reha),Tarhan Karagöz (Şinasi),Murat Kılıç (Kemal), Şencan Güleryüz (Koreli Fırat)
Producer: Halil Kardaş, Tarık Tufan
Co-producer: Boris Chouchkov

Produced by: Filmotto Production
Co-produced by: Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), BKM (Turkey)

Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti competition section – Special Jury Prize

 “Mahmut Fazil Coskun blends political history, humor and violence in this impressive hybrid” – The  Hollywood Reporter

“Comedy of the absurd has rarely felt so strangely real” – Screendaily  

“With his third film, Turkish director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun announces himself as a major film talent.” – Cineuropa 

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